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Issue 379 - October 13, 2009   

Copyright Office Publishes Notice of Inquiry and Request for Comments on Facilitating Access to Copyrighted Works for the Blind or Other Persons with Disabilities

The Copyright Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office seek comment on possible solutions to enhance the accessibility of copyrighted works for the benefit of the blind or other persons with disabilities. Comments are specifically sought on the objectives and potential impact on existing U.S. law of a draft treaty prepared under the auspices of the World Blind Union and proposed formally at the May 2009 session of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights. Interested parties are invited to submit comments on the topics outlined in the supplementary information section of the Federal Register notice. Initial comments are due on or before November 13, 2009. Reply comments are due on or before December 4, 2009. For further information, go to the Copyright Office website at www.copyright.gov. (Read more.)

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October 16

Due date for reply comments on proposed amendments to mandatory deposit

November 13 Due date for comments on topics related to facilitating access to copyrighted works for the blind or other persons with disabilities
December 4 Due date for reply comments on topics related to facilitating access to copyrighted works for the blind or other persons with disabilities
July 1, 2011 Interim rule on special handling fee expires

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